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Uber Canada partners with Toyota’s KINTO Share program to offer drivers zero-emission vehicle rentals

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (April 18, 2024) – Uber and Toyota Canada, with Toyota Financial Services, announced a partnership allowing eligible drivers on the Uber platform in the Metro Vancouver area to rent zero-emission vehicles through the KINTO Share program.

Using this platform, drivers can now access Toyota’s all-electric bZ4X and will soon also have access to Toyota’s hydrogen fuel cell electric Mirai.

This collaboration enables more rideshare drivers and riders to experience high quality zero-emission vehicle technology and to choose more sustainable options, while contributing to carbon neutrality goals.

“At Uber, we’re committed to becoming a zero-emission mobility platform. Driver access to try electric or hydrogen vehicles is an important part of our sustainability goals,” said Michael van Hemmen, General Manager of Mobility for Uber in Canada. “Switching to a zero emissions vehicle is a big decision. This partnership with Toyota Canada gives drivers an opportunity to experience a zero emission vehicle as their primary rideshare vehicle and understand the benefits and cost savings.”

“We’re proud to partner with Uber in this important initiative that brings us closer to our mutual environmental sustainability goals,” said Stephen Beatty, Vice President, Corporate, Toyota Canada. “Connected by our understanding of the critical role of rideshare in lowering emissions and in advancing mobility, this partnership will improve accessibility to get more drivers into zero-emission vehicles by offering a safe and seamless experience to rent Toyota all-electric and hydrogen-powered options.”

How the Program Works

Through the partnership, eligible drivers on the Uber platform can access a Toyota all-electric bZ4X or, starting soon, a Toyota hydrogen fuel cell electric Mirai through the KINTO Share Canada app and pick it up at one of four Toyota dealerships across the Metro Vancouver area. Both vehicles are eligible to use British Columbia’s HOV lanes.

About the Zero Emission Technology Vehicles

Toyota’s first all-electric vehicle, the Toyota bZ4X is powered by electricity alone. Because it runs on electricity only, it emits no exhaust.

Now in its second generation, the Toyota Mirai is the world’s first mass production hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle. The hydrogen-powered Mirai can be refueled in about five minutes, has a range of up to 647 km on a full tank, and emits only water from its tailpipe.

For more informationhttps://www.kintoshare.ca/

Terms of Usehttps://www.kintoshare.ca/ridesharebcterms

About Uber

Uber’s mission is to create opportunity through movement. Co-founded by Calgarian entrepreneur Garrett Camp, Uber started in 2010 to solve a simple problem: how do you get access to a ride at the touch of a button? More than 10 billion trips later, Uber is building products to get people closer to where they want to be. By changing how people, food, and things move through cities, Uber and Uber Eats open up the world to new possibilities. For more information, visit uber.com.

About KINTO Share

KINTO Share is Toyota’s Global Mobility Service focused on innovative solutions to provide ever better mobility for all. In Canada, KINTO Share is piloting a car-sharing service launched by Toyota Canada Inc. and Toyota Credit Canada Inc., with participating Toyota dealerships in British Columbia offering vehicle rentals from 1-4 weeks for qualifying drivers. KINTO Share will offer qualifying drivers access to a fleet of Toyota’s all-electric bZ4X and Toyota’s hydrogen fuel cell electric Mirai from 4 different locations in Metro Vancouver, giving the drivers access to some of the latest and cleanest technologies available within the Toyota line-up. All vehicles are fully cleaned and maintained by Toyota dealers each vehicle is available 24/7 and a smartphone application unlocks and becomes the key for the vehicle, offering a safe, seamless and contactless experience for each customer.  The KINTO Share app is not affiliated with Uber For more information, please visit www.kintoshare.ca.

About Toyota Canada Inc.

Toyota Canada Inc. (TCI) is the exclusive Canadian distributor of Toyota and Lexus vehicles. Toyota has sold over six million vehicles in Canada through a national network of 287 Toyota and Lexus dealerships. Toyota is dedicated to bringing safety, quality, dependability and reliability to the vehicles Canadians drive and the service they receive. TCI’s head office is in Toronto, with regional offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal and Halifax, and parts distribution centres in Clarington and Vancouver. Toyota also operates two manufacturing facilities in Canada. Having produced more than nine million vehicles, popular Canadian models built at these facilities include Toyota RAV4, Toyota RAV4 Hybrid, Lexus RX 350 and RX 450h hybrid, as well as Lexus NX 250, NX 350 and NX 350h hybrid. The company has sold more than 20 million electrified vehicles worldwide and is the number one seller of electrified vehicles in Canada.

About Toyota Financial Services

Toyota Financial Services provides retail, leasing and wholesale financial services to Toyota dealerships and customers across Canada. Toyota Financial Services is part of the worldwide financial services group, Toyota Financial Services Corporation (TFSC), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Toyota Motor Corporation in Japan, with the Canadian operation headquarters in Markham, Ontario.